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Ain't No Trust"How Bosses, Boyfriends, and Bureaucrats Fail Low-Income Mothers and Why It Matters"$
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Judith Levine

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520274716

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520274716.001.0001

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(p.204) Conclusion
Ain't No Trust

Judith A. Levine

University of California Press

This concluding chapter urges reformers to think more broadly and deeply than they have about how distrust is produced and what its consequences are for low-income mothers. It pays particular attention to the ways in which policies designed without regard to the importance of building trust (such as welfare reform) may fall short of their intended goals. It looks to the possible structural roots of the untrustworthiness that the women encountered. Addressing these structures would go a long way to decrease untrustworthiness and the distrust it foments. Structural change is difficult, and often the political will to do it is lacking or nonexistent, but it would make social policies more effective and would improve the conditions of low-income women's and children's lives.

Keywords:   distrust, low-income women, untrustworthiness, structural change, social policies, reformers, welfare reform

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